A bug-out-bag is a must-have for any savvy survivalist. When an emergency occurs that requires evacuating, it keeps you prepared while you’re on-the-go. This portable kit is designed to help you survive an evacuation for three days. Some people refer to it as a 72-hour kit. The three main characteristics of a good bug-out-bag are:
- Portable, making it easy to carry around.
- Lightweight, which is why only essentials for three days should be packed.
- Durable, meaning high quality material, zippers, straps, etc… to last throughout your evacuation.
10 Items Every Survivalist’s Bug-Out-Bag Should Contain
Depending on the type of survivalist you are, you may choose to alter this list a bit. These are just my suggestions, as one survivalist to another:
1. Water – Experts recommend packing at least one gallon of water, per person, per day. However, that’s a lot of weight to tote around. Most savvy survivalists prefer other options for clean water, such as:
- Water bottle and filter
- Water filter straw
- Water pump with filter
- Water purifier
2. Non-Perishable Foods – If you’re a fan of dehydrated foods, you’ll also need to pack a portable stove to prepare your meals. Canned foods require no cooking for healthy consumption. However, these food item are extremely heavy to carry. On the other hand, freeze dried foods are prepared in minutes by simply adding hot water. They’re also very lightweight to tote around.
3. First Aid Kit – Remember that you want to keep your bug-out-bag as lightweight as possible. So, only pack the basic essentials:
- Adhesive bandages
- Suture kit
- OTC anti-inflammatory meds
- OTC pain-killers
- Triple-antibiotic ointment
- Burn ointment
- Wound-closure strips
- Sam Splint
- Antibiotics (just in case)
4. Clothing – Pack enough to hold you over for three days. Be sure to include a thick coat and strong shoes/boots, as well extra pairs of thick socks.
5. Shelter – This can be a tent, tarp, fly, large poncho, hammock with rain fly, or anything a savvy survivalist can use to create an emergency shelter.
6. Important Documents – Keep a file folder containing documents such as passports, birth certificates, copies of IDs, list of important phone numbers, maps, evacuation routes and stations, etc…
7. Hard Cash – Will need it for survival, as electrical, banking, credit card processing and ATM machines services may be done indefinitely.
8. Gun & Ammunition – Depending on where you choose to evacuate to, you may need to hunt for food. Will also come in handy for protection, especially if you end up sleeping outside.
9. Battery Operated Radio – Who knows where you’ll end up after being evacuated. Your radio will keep you informed on updated evacuation news. It may also be your only source of entertainment with no television access.
10. Survival Kit – Should include essentials such as:
- Refillable butane lighter or waterproof matches
- Small folding knife
- Battery operated flashlight
- Extra batteries
Author Bio: This article was written by fellow survivalist, Chett Wright for FoodInsurance.com. Looking for a high quality bug-out-bag or 72-hour kit? Click here to see the emergency supplies Food Insurance has to offer.